Rays Lose Faith In Ball Boy; Ball Boy Redeems Self With Terrific Catch

A true-life story of failure, doubt, and redemption played out in the Rays' bullpen, as ball boy R.J. Boggs turned boos into a standing ovation midway through last night's game at Tropicana Field.

It started in the fifth inning, when Boggs's failure to handle a foul grounder led to the ball striking reliever Brandon Gomes in the face:

Rays Lose Faith In Ball Boy; Ball Boy Redeems Self With Terrific Catch

Rays closer Fernando Rodney ended up retrieving the ball, and pretended to whip it at Boggs for his dereliction of duty. An inning later, Rays relievers weren't taking any chances:

Rays Lose Faith In Ball Boy; Ball Boy Redeems Self With Terrific Catch

Boggs didn't make this play cleanly, either, though he did manage to keep it from hitting anybody else. But clearly the damage was done; if a bullpen ball boy has lost the faith of his team, what more is there to live for? Redemption, of course. It came three pitches later:

Rays Lose Faith In Ball Boy; Ball Boy Redeems Self With Terrific Catch

Let's see that again!

Rays Lose Faith In Ball Boy; Ball Boy Redeems Self With Terrific Catch

Boggs snatched a rocket liner, earning a standing ovation not only from the Tropicana Field crowd but the Rays' bullpen as well. Take notes, A-Rod: this is how you do crisis management.